2012 ALA Annual Conference Roundup

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million. Check out these interviews that took place during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Fresh off of reading at the Live! @ Your Library stage, poet Javier Huerta spoke with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Mary Davis Fournier about how libraries influenced him as a child, during his time on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, and as a student at the University of Houston.

A.S. King, another Live! @ Your Library stage speaker and author of Ask the Passengers, chatted with Mary Davis Fournier about how libraries have influenced her life and career and about her experiences on her local library board.

(Want to see more of the Live! @ your library stage happenings, including photos of Sapphire, Michael Warr, Scott Hutchins, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler, Mick Carlon, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Laura Harrington, Libba Bray, Margaret Dilloway, Gail Tsukiyama, Deborah Harkness, Tewodros “Teddy” Fekadu, Lisa Brackmann, Timothy Hallinan, Juan Felipe Herrera, and possibly the most awesome hat ever? Check out Programming Librarian on Flickr.)

ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee Chair Terrilyn Chun interviewed Reed College Professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri about the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys bookshelf grant, how it can help to increase cultural awareness, and the need for discussion in libraries about religion and its role in public life.

Terrilyn also interviewed Daniel Tutt, Outreach Director of Unity Productions Foundation, whose documentary Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is part of the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys bookshelf grant. Tutt speaks about the Foundation’s projects, the importance of cross-cultural understanding, and audience reactions to the film.

Have we piqued your interest about the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys bookshelf? Find out more about or apply for the grant.

Finally, in case you missed it, Rachel Lux, our library student volunteer at Annual Conference, wrote excellent blog posts on two programs we offered: Muslim Journeys: Collection Development and Programming Grants and Libraries at the Crossroads: Programming for Civic Engagement.

Thank you to everyone who attended our programs and/or stopped by our booth at Conference! And for those of you who were unable to make it, I hope this gave you a taste of what was on offer. We’re looking forward to seeing you in our home city next year!